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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 10, 2013 10:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix & horns

I listened to the 4/26/69 show and though I'm not to familiar with Tax Free that version certainly contains some fine playing with some edgy guitar and bass after the intro,but it really takes off at the 8 minute mark with some smokin' quick pickin' runs and pumping bass that trails off into a swirl of feedback that builds to a propulsive end jam of more feedback.
I have been listening to a number of Spanish Castle Magic's lately by the Warren Haynes Band and I know it's not remotely the same thing and hearing this one made it clear why,no one can duplicate that heavy,onslaught of sound that Jimi can generate and that is why I found all the Haynes versions lacking.The 4/26 version is just a beast,after the verse the music is slashing with a big,fat sound and hot runs with strong drums and bass leading into ringing feedback repeat runs that wind into some real hot chunky rhythm lines,at some points it sounds like two guitars and then the pace races with note filled churning leads changing to very jazzy chords to a hard strummed rhythmic pattern,at 7 minutes he reels off a number of styles like a weird flamenco into some Chuck Berry-ish rock into some twisted classical and the band thumps it way back in on the theme and they all stomp their way back into the last verse which segues into the Star Spangled banner where Jimi declares we had been brain washed.Certainly the best version I've heard.
I've got 2/24/69 downloading and I'm looking for a full copy of 5/30/70.I noticed here on the archive there is a 50 odd minute video from Stockholm 1/9/69 that I will give a listen,I've heard some of that over the years,but have no memory of it.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 11, 2013 3:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix & horns

That's funny, I had never heard the Warren Haynes Band do Spanish Castle...so I checked it out. They're a professional band, I'll say that, smooth & repeatable in what they play - though it doesn't seem to be a tune where Warren particularly shines. Hendrix is very raw in comparison, and puts out much more energy. He was also quite different from show to show, depending on his mood, so you never knew just what he'd do.

The Stockholm video is good quality...though it captures perhaps the weakest show of the Jan '69 tour! Hendrix is notably listless & unhappy in that show. (The Spanish Castle is downright painful, as he loses interest midway through and just gives up on it. He also gives up midway through Voodoo Child and just walks offstage!)
There was a second show on 1/9/69 though (not filmed) where he was in better spirits & it was a distinct improvement - the highlight's probably Voodoo Child, which goes into an unusual section in the middle.
Too bad the film crew wasn't there for the second show, but at least we have a good SBD tape. (Though Noel is too high in the mix in both shows.)
The 5/30/70 Berkeley video is a night & day contrast with the Stockholm video!

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 11, 2013 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix & horns

Thanks,I'll steer clear of the Stockholm show and I'm going to watch the Berkeley video.I've watched it before,but just casually.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 11, 2013 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix & horns

Unfortunately the Berkeley footage was cut to shreds for the film, so only a few songs are near-complete and there are lots of jarring edits. (The complete footage apparently no longer survives.)
It's still my favorite Hendrix film, but Monterey and Woodstock are the only good near-complete Hendrix shows to be released. As you've seen there are lengthy clips of 7/30/70 Maui and the Band of Gypsies shows too, and bits of others (like TV appearances). I was dismayed that they released the Isle of Wight '70 horror show, and even more alarmed that they say they're going to re-release the barely better Atlanta Pop '70 show too.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 11, 2013 7:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hendrix & horns

I wasn't aware of everything being so chopped up as it has been a while since I watched any Jimi video.I find it really bothersome when music isn't complete in a film,I don't even like when it is interrupted.Thanks for the heads up again.It sounds like that is quite the management team in charge of what product gets released in his name.